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U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

FRCP Rule 45 Amendments Take Effect on December 1, 2013

On December 1, 2013, amended Rule 45 will become part of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. This will introduce fairly significant changes in the procedures for obtaining third-party discovery.  The biggest changes concern third-party subpoenas, both for depositions and for production of documents. In the Rocket Docket, we often

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An Outsider’s Guide to the Manafort Cases

The Friday morning press congregation outside the Alexandria EDVa Courthouse will likely continue as United States v. Paul J. Manafort, Jr. moves towards its July 10, 2018 trial date in Judge Ellis’ courtroom. The Court heard arguments on Manafort’s Motion to Dismiss the Indictment on May 4, 2018. The parties

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“Teaming Agreements” Must Be Carefully Written

In a recent blow to a common tactic of small- and medium-sized companies attempting to do business as subcontractors on federal government contracts, Judge James C. Cacheris of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled that a Teaming Agreement between a prime-contractor and its former sub-contractor

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EDVA Tightens Reins on Punitive Damages

In an opinion released on July 14th, Judge James C. Cacheris used a motion to dismiss to carve back a plaintiff’s personal injury claim for punitive damages under Virginia state law.  In granting the motion to dismiss, the judge held that punitive damages are only available for “willful and wanton

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